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October 7, 1950

SLIDING HERNIA OF THE OVARY: Ovarian Ectopia Associated with Genital and Urinary Malformations

Author Affiliations

Sayre, Pa.

From the surgical service, the Guthrie Clinic and Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.

JAMA. 1950;144(6):462-463. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.62920060001008

While hernias of the ovary are not rare and their combination with anomalies of the genital or urinary tract is not unusual, the combination of the three conditions is. Watson1 has collected large series of cases of hernia of the uterine adnexa. In 1946 he recorded 686 such cases, including hernias of the uterus and adnexa, of which 174 were of the ovary alone. The first report of the presence of ovaries in the sac of an inguinal hernia supposedly appeared in the writings of Soranus of Ephesus2 about 97 A.D.

Bancroft3 has considered hernias of the ovary to be of two origins: true hernia and ectopia of the ovary. He states that Donald,4 Mauro5 and Mayer and Templeton6 have insisted on a sharp distinction between these. In simple hernia the ovary is found in the inguinal canal accompanied with other abdominal viscera. In